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Explore technology-enhanced reading opportunities.
Go to Teacher Tap: Electronic Books and Online Reading and explore online reading opportunities. Try:
I Can Read
Also, check out Guys Read edited by Jon Scieszka.
How is technology changing the nature of reading?
Create a chart comparing screen-based with paper-based reading environments.
|Technology Tools for Writing|
How is technology changing the nature and process of writing?
Trace your personal history related to the tools of writing. How have your tools and thinking changed over time? Create a timeline using a timeline maker tool such as ReadWriteThink Timeline Maker.
Explore other ReadWriteThink tools.
Explore online writing tools:
Tate Museum - Imaginary City
Scholastic Writing with Writers
Magnet Poetry, Stories, & Mad Libs: Writing Fun On The Web
Read You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman.
Explore Microsoft Word features:
√ Text Colors
|Online Learning Environments|
Explore online learning environments.
Shakespeare: Subject to Change
ThinkPort Field Trips
Teacher Tap: Interactive Websites
How do the reading, writing, and thinking skills of students impact their success in an online learning environment?
How do multimedia features address learning styles and contribute to learner success?
Analyze a learning environment and discuss the key issues.
What's the heart of ... (your curriculum)?
-- Is history always biased? Does art reflect culture or shape it?
What are the reoccurring themes?
-- What makes a great book great?
What questions raise other questions?
-- In nature, do only the strong survive? Why?
Choose an online magazine or news source.
- Here Come the Frogs! (Listen & Read)
- Insect World Records (Listen & Read)
- Growing Up Gater (Listen & Read)
- Meet Mr. President (Listen & Read)
- Welcome Back, Bald Eagles! (Listen & Read)
CNN Student News
Teacher Tap: News
Select an essential question.
Create an activity at asks students to identify, categorize, compare, predict. Use a Read Write Think Tool.
Example: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly & An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser: NY Cases, Historic Letters
Example: Ease History
Example: Nature, Organisms Lesson
Go to REAL: Relevant, Engaging, Authentic Learning for more detail and examples.
Explore online study and essay services:
Explore quality lesson sites:
National Geographic Xpeditions Lessons
PBS Teacher Source
Teacher Tap: Lesson Plans
The Gateway - Search Tool for Lesson Plans
Go to United Streaming. Download a video. Develop an activity that requires students to transform or apply the information found in the video.
How has easy access to information changed assignments?
|Habits of Mind
What questions cross disciplines?
-- What roles and perspectives can you identify? What would you do?
-- How is this like and unlike real life? How do we know about what actually happened?
-- Whose perspective does this represent?
Connections & Patterns
-- How is this related to other people, places, events, and times?
-- How might things have been different? What if?
-- Why is this important? Who cares?
-- What does it mean to me?
Read the short story called The Last Spin by Evan Hunter.
Connect the short story to the Habits of Mind questions above.
Explore the related WebQuest.
Develop a writing activity focusing on mystery or investigation.
For example, write an accurate crime story using vocabulary from the CSI website.
Integrate technology into authentic reading and writing experiences. Incorporate authentic, nonfiction, online primary sources reading materials.
- Autobiography, Personal Accounts, & Travel Narratives
- Data and Statistics
- Diaries and Journals
- Virtual Digital Collections
The Diary of Louise Hancock
The American Experience: Influenza 1918
|Find the Flow
Brown vs Topeka Board of Education
Explore PowerPoint Starters.
|Reading Level Issues
Explore websites that provide leveled materials:
Choose a specific page or pages for students to read.
Design a motivating task or problem to solve based on the reading material.
Use Microsoft Word to check reading levels. Copy text from the website into Word. Use the spell checker. If the readability doesn't show, check the options in Grammar.
|Reading and Writing Resources
Teacher Tap: Content-Rich Websites - English & Language Arts
Fun with Interactive Resources
BBC Literacy Ages 4-11 , 11-16 , 16+
Between the Lions Language Arts Games
Fun Brain Language Arts
Wicked Literacy Activities
Issues in Technology Integration
Artifacts and Fiction: High School
Conversations in Literature (6-12)
Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers
Engaging with Literature (3-5)
In Search of the Novel (6-12)
Write in the Middle: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers
Teaching Reading: K2